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Credit song

Fiasco Season 5 theme song by Spatial Relations.

Credits song: The Place Where He Inserted The Blade by Black Country, New Road.

Original music for this series written by Edith Mudge. Additional music by Nick Slyvester of Godmode, Joel St. Julien and and Dan English, Noah Hecht, and Joe Valle.